Shots fired at Brussels police in search linked to Paris attacks

BRUSSELS: Shots were fired Tuesday at Belgian police in the capital Brussels as they carried out an operation linked to the Paris attacks, Belgian prosecutors told AFP.


The raid comes as Belgian police continue their hunt for Salah Abdeslam, a key suspect in the November attacks which killed 130 people, who comes from Brussels.

“Police were fired at,” Eric Van Der Sypt, a spokesman for the federal prosecutor, told AFP, adding that the search in the southern Forest district was “linked to the Paris attacks investigation”.

Two suspects were on the run after the incident, the Derniere Heure newspaper reported.

One Belgian police officer was lightly injured in the incident, Belga news agency reported.

Since mid-November, 11 people have been arrested and charged in Belgium in connection with the killings and eight are still in detention.

Abdeslam and his associate Mohamed Abrini, both from the Molenbeek area of Brussels, are still at large.